An Andover woman will appear in court after being pulled over by police on the M4.

Charmaine Walsh, of Constantine Square, was arrested and charged by Wiltshire Police for failure to provide a specimen for analysis and possession of Cannabis after she was stopped on Monday, February 22 in a blue BMW on the M4 between junctions 16 and 17.

The 30-year-old has been remanded on unconditional bail to appear at Swindon Magistrates' Court on August 4.

Her arrest was part of Operation Tramline, a four-day project by Wiltshire Police, Highways England and the Specials Roads Safety Unit to increase road safety on Wiltshire Roads.

Sgt Will Ayres of the Roads Policing Unit added: "It was nice to be able to utilise the unmarked HGV to offer a different approach to detect offences that directly relate to road safety issues.

"The results, despite being in a national lockdown where driving is restricted to just essential journeys, show there is still a high number of drivers on the roads in Wiltshire who are putting other drivers in danger by using mobile phones, excessively speeding or drug driving.

"Despite the well-known dangers of not wearing a seat belt, there were still a disproportionate number of drivers who felt they did not need to buckle up on their journey.

"We will continue to educate drivers on the fatal four and why they increase the risk of a collision and that collision resulting in serious or fatal injuries and urge the public to think before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and ensure they are doing so in a safe manner and in a vehicle that is safe to be on the road."

The operation used a HGV supercab, which is an unmarked lorry equipped with wide-angle cameras and no speed restrictions, that officers use to pull alongside vehicles and film evidence of unsafe driving. The vehicles in question can then be pulled over by a police car following behind.

In addition to Walsh’s arrest, Operation Tramline found 19 people driving without a seatbelt, eight driving with a mobile phone, and six speeding, with one driver being clocked at 121mph.

The assistant chief constable for Wiltshire, Deb Smith, said: "It is great that we are able to provide this level of activity across our strategic road network here in Wiltshire.

"Thanks to the support of, and through working in collaboration with Highways England, officers have been able to focus on offences that may not have ordinarily be seen from their position in a car.

"The consequences that can result from any driver of a vehicle being distracted by virtue of being on a mobile phone can be devastating, so when the vehicle in question weighs 44 tonnes then the outcomes can understandably be far more serious.

"Being able to add this element of enforcement and education to the rest of the road safety work that my officers are doing all over the county on a daily basis is excellent and we look forward to carrying this out again when the opportunity arises."